Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, Dana Point

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Dolphin / Whale Watching · Wildlife Area
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The most unique dolphin and whale watching in the world! Daily, year round, Dana Point whale watching trips aboard high-tech, high-speed, Catamaran Sailboat can get you up close & personal with magnificent blue whales (May - Nov.), gray whales (Dec. - May), fin whales, humpback whales, and minke whales, plus five species of wild dolphins that can number in herds up to 10,000 and more, for an educational and incredibly exciting whale watching experience. Our eco-friendly high-tech catamaran “Manute’a” is never crowded with a maximum of 49 passengers.

Be one of the pod and feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins and whales without getting wet in our two Eye to Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Knowledgeable marine naturalists explain how these animals live while you see and touch our collection of whale and dolphin artifacts. And Mrs. Capt. Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat.
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Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari reviews

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  • Our group had an amazing trip today. Didn’t get to see any whales but we saw lots of dolphins, including Patches! Christian and Zoe were fantastic. They took great care of us and worked hard to... 
    Our group had an amazing trip today. Didn’t get to see any whales but we saw lots of dolphins, including Patches! Christian and Zoe were fantastic. They took great care of us and worked hard to...  more »
  • Absolutely an AMAZING BEAUTIFUL DAY! We had to reschedule a couple of times due to bad weather, but it was an amazing experience. We unfortunately didn’t get the chance to see any whales but we did... 
    Absolutely an AMAZING BEAUTIFUL DAY! We had to reschedule a couple of times due to bad weather, but it was an amazing experience. We unfortunately didn’t get the chance to see any whales but we did...  more »
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  • I took my father out on a 2.5 hr tour and we had such a great time. Captain Neal and the other captain were so informative and friendly. The other crew members were also great. We saw so many dolphins it was unbelievable. The boat also was so close to the water you could almost touch the dolphins. Apparently most boats are 15 ft off the ground so you can’t really see the dolphins up close. We were so close that you could even see them several feet under the water. We’ll be back for another trip in the future!
  • We had a great time on the tour. Everyone was very friendly and we enjoyed the net system they had in the front- you will get wet though to get the best views. The underwater pods could have been lower in the water for better viewing vs half submerged. Was a little disappointed about that but was also fun being able to see from them briefly. We only got to see maybe a pod of 10- dolphins but there were ones throughout. and we did get very close views. No whales despite the guides trying and communicating with other boats. Seal lions on the buoy. Spotted some tern birds also which was fun. Part of the fun was the choppy ride sitting out in the front and the boat dipping. Very safe, some artifacts. I wish the guides would have filled in the silence more with info overall. Nice photos and we did purchase one. Very considerate of special occasion and free brownies at the end. Would join again. Thanks for taking good care of us!

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